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will air tomorrow. i'm excited about that. john fugelsang back now with "viewpoint." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: good evening. mark sanford is headed for a run-off election for the congressional seat in south carolina. i want kate to see when he runs off for his other election. the president arrived and said shalom which many tea partyers in america say prove he was not born in america. >>> and children will be less educated about all that medicaid they're not receiving. happy birthday spike lee, mr. rogers and 97 years ago today albert einstein first published his theory of relatively and then had to spend the rest of his life saying yeah nice theory, einstein. this isel "viewpoint." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: good evening i'm john fugelsang and this is "viewpoint." thank you for joining us. if you thought that senate democrats were serious really serious about taking on the nra and passing major gun control legislation after the newtown school massacre, well, i hate to disappoint you but "the new york daily news" got it right with this devastating cover page. "shame on u-s on us, indeed. harr
to 1987 and the journey of pope john paul ii to northern california. and we look at the other papal visits to the united states. >> i give you my best wishes. >> and we look at the lives of john paul ii and the career to date of pope benedict xvi. >>> good evening and welcome to a second look. pope john paul ii came to san francisco at the time that the city was at the grips of the aids epidemic. what the pope did helped to comfort those with aids. he reached out and touched them offering a blessing an hope of healing. we have a report from that day. beginning with rita williams who was at mission dolores with the pope's visit to the california's oldest mission. >> reporter: john paul ii warmly greeted those along the center aisle of the pope. some of the 900 invited guests. the pope then approached the nine pews of aids patients. and certainly the most moving moment came when 4-year-old brendan ororke reached out to hug the holy father. little brendan contracted aids from a blood transfusion at birth. the pope then moved to other aids sufferers, most of them gay. it was the first time the
john paul began the morning in monterey county where he led a mass for tens of thousands of workers. >> reporter: thousands were given the day off. agustin romo and his family would be getting ready to pick strawberries were it not for the court. >> we have a great seat. >> you have the best seats in the house probably. >> i think so. >> reporter: this group is from the polish mission church in san jose. >> i'm catholic and he's the pope. and i came here to see him. it doesn't matter for me he's polish or a different nationality. for me it's the pope. >> reporter: not too far away we find maria cortinas not the best seat but good enough. >> are you cold maria? >> poquito. >> how do you like the view you have here? >> it's beautiful. she likes it. >> reporter: a few hours later, cortina's view no longer exists. heavy fog rolls in and while the papal preliminary continues the pope is heard but not seen. but many say the pope will be felt. the weather still caused enough concern to cancel the pope's helicopter ride into laguna seca. the pope's
the early years of her life with john quincy, they attend numerous types of churches, especially whoever the rotating preacher was in the capital during the secretary of state and presidency years could be presbyterian or unitarian. an ends up very much episcopal thinker, high church and is very, in her later years, she spends a lot of time reminiscing and reflecting on the role of religion and it's very much an important piece for her. >> next up is nick in prince frederick, maryland, hi, nick. >> first of all, thank you for this great program. i'm glad you are part of it. we have links to louisa catherine here. her uncle was one of maryland's first governors. the most we have is what of our town centers, we have a plaque. and a book where you get an impression of louisa catherine that she is very involved in the politics of washington. you don't get the sense of whether it is just a surface or whether her words are contributing to the compromises that are made during that time. would you mind commenting on those two things? >> that is louisa catherine's birth family. in marylan
?iewrkz dexter filkins of the "new yorker," and john burbs of the "new york times." >>ke the numbers killed, iraqis, americans, very high numbers of wounded, the gicantic cost that weighs on me, and i'm not an american, every time i come tot the united states and think what $1 trillion or $two trillion could have done to alleviateve poverty, improve roadses improve hospitals in the united states. the conclusion i have come to, there was much about the american effort in iraq that i admired, wasam that it was missn impossible from the start. >> let's go back tom syria. here we have a humanitarian catastrophe. 70,000 dead,un, which is probably a low figure at this point. and we are largely sitting it out. we're largely watching from the sooipped linees.wa as this happens, and as the longer this war goes on, the bad effects of is that war are going to spread into jord, into iraq, as we've already seen, anv into lebanon, and we're justan watching. and i think we're just watching because of iraq.e we look at syria, and we see iraq. >> there is a quotation from ambassador crocker one of ou
, the kind of thing they get done as a matter of course. under house speaker john boehner, not shutting down the government has become a notable achievement for this congress. mozzletop on that. a low bar. >>> house republicans also voted today again for the paul ryan budget. democrats are very excited about that because they plan to use that vote against republicans in campaign ads for the next election. we have the one and only ezra klein here momentarily to sort out what's important about what they just voted on in congress and whether we just avoided one of the cliff slash ceilings clash crisis congress now schedules for us every few weeks and whether the way they avoided this next one is itself important. there's a lot going on in the news. we have a lot ahead. we begin tonight with late breaking and rather surprising news from the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as
resisting it. he was the commander at the time. john abazaid, the central command, which oversaw the middle east, was also not for it. secretary of state condi rice was very strongly opposed to it and i accessed a transcript of the meeting at the white house where she voiced her view. she simply thought the opportunity to change things through military force was gone. all of her deputies thought. o >> rose: but it also should beug pointed out, as you will do, the notion that it was the combination of the surge and the arab awakening.at the sunnis were beginning toke turn on al qaeda, and those two things converged.h >> well, bush made a decision, supported basically by his own n.s.c. team, general petraeus, who was in waiting but had not yet been officially picked, andy ray odyearno was the number two command or the ground, and jack keene, who had been former vice chief of staff, who had been working as interlock tour, going around and ashiewrpg the white house. i don't think when theyar made e decision the white house really anticipated that the surge would have this catalytic effect on th
proof pope mobile. he urged husband followers to shun corruption and greed. secretary of state john kerry has strong words for iraq's prime minister. kerry's visit to baghdad comes amid concerns over iraq's role in syrian conflict. if you haven't heard the news yet, the winning powerball ticket for $338 million was sold in new jersey. the winning numbers are 17, 29, 39, 22 and 53. the powerball number is 31. the largest powerball jackpot in history was back in november. it was worth close to $588 million. do not adjust your calendar. winter is over, but good luck trying to tell people that in the great plains. today. some parts of kansas city, missouri got nine inches of know today. they're working to get the power back on in thousands of home. heavy snow shut down many in colorado today. no snow in atlanta to report for the line of severe thunderstorms overnight that knocked down trees and made officials worried enough to issue flood warnings until late tomorrow. let's talk to a couple of our affiliate reporters who got bad weather duty today. kelly cook is down in wet soaking flor
morning, everyone. happy monday. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. it is friday, march 25th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're going to start with the epic seasonal lie. no matter what anyone tells you, it's not spring. from missouri to pennsylvania, millions of people are dealing with rain, snow, potentially dangerous wind this morning. the mix proved dangerous from indianapolis. cars collided on slick, icy roads. look at this scene in kansas city, missouri. the storm causing significant disruptions at the airport. this is not done yet. parts of eastern indiana and western ohio are under a winter storm warning from early this afternoon. the system continues to track eastward. we got it covered for you. suzanne candiotti in dayton, ohio and jennifer delgado in the cnn weather center. we're going to start with suzanne instanting in the snow, in the spring, in dayton, ohio. good morning, susan. >> reporter: good morning, john and poppy. you know, as one youngster told me, i haven't seen one flower yet! that's right. what kind of spring is this? and here co
, everyone. i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. soledad has the day off today. our "starting point," a powerful snowstorm wreaking havoc in spring. from road closures to airport cancellations in the midwest and the northeast we've got it covered like no other network can. >> this just in to cnn. moments ago secretary of state john kerry making a surprise visit to kabul in afghanistan. can he smooth over tensions with hamid karzai? >> then, could amanda knox face another trial despite being cleared of her roommate's murder. italian judges ruling on an appeal this morning. we're live in rome. >> and jaw dropping video of a great white shark thrashing its way into a shark cage with the diver inside. we're going to talk to the man behind the camera coming up in a little bit. >> but everyone's favorite jersey girl, snooki, is here live talking about her new body, her beau, and her just baptized baby boy. it's monday, march 25th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> we are going to begin with winter's last gasp in spring. or should i say allegedly spring. from missouri to pennsylvania,
a ton of republican support in the house. s so the question is, would john boehner put something on the floor that wouldn't get all that republican support? still to be seen. >> another busy session ahead once congress gets back into town. thanks so much, brianna. >>> secretary of state john kerry hit the ground running and sure has not stopped since. he made a surprise visit to afghanistan today and met with president hamid karzai as a u.s.-run prison was handed over to the afghans. over the weekend, kerry was in iraq looking for help in stopping iranian arms shipment to syria. before that, he joined president obama on a trip to israel, the west bank and jordan. >>> up next, congresswoman michele bachmann is quick to criticize spending by political rivals but now her own campaign faces an aethics investigation. >>> also, after featuring an anti-american memorial in vietnam during "the amazing race," cbs is apologizing to american veterans. ew 15 under $! oh my goodness... oh my gosh, this looks amazing... [ male announcer ] 15 entrees under $15! it's our new maine stays! seafood
it's like john boehner's position, he can't do a deal with obama on the budget or the tea party throw him overboard. chris: before we get this here, can anyone think we can establish and hold in this country a policy of containment, have the weapons, warn not to use them? >> no. chris: the syrian question, do you get a sense that we're talking about under this president, barack obama, of using u.s. forces to do air strikes? are we that close? >> two key political figures in the senate this week called on the president to create a no fly zone over northern syria, carl levin, a democrat senator and senator john mccain. behind them are a growing number of people in the state department, in the administration. i think the principle opposition of that is the white house and the president himself. when you have drown a red line, if the evidence is clear that the syrians have used chemical weapons, he is going to have to act, chris. you shouldn't make any mistake. he has to act. he doesn't want to. he is afraid of getting drawn in. you need to watch very carefully what they say about the evi
lost 3400 troops and 100,000 more have been injured. john lewis today is not a day for celebration but a time when this nation should reflect upon the true meaning of our involvement in iraq. but the architect of this endless war are anything but self reflective. take donald rumsfeld, today he tweeted ten years ago began the long difficult work of liberating 25 million ricks all who played a role in history deserve our respect and our appreciation. it did not go over well. some called him shameful, despicable murderous and immoral. others called him a wanker, self diluted fool. many don't like this guy. spending over $800 billion while other more popular frankly more necessary initiatives go unfunded. initiatives like curbing gun violence. the great silent killer here in the united states here at home. in fact, since the newtown tragedy exactly three months ago today more americans have been killed by guns than died on 9/11. you heard it right. that is staggering. more americans killed by guns than were killed in 9/11, yet there is no rallying cry. gun legislation is withering befo
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, overseas, on the heels of tough talk in iraq, secretary of state john kerry gets ready for a face-to-face meeting with president karzai in afghanistan. we'll go live to kabul in just a minute. >>> and back at home, the biggest voices in the gun debate square off as congress gets ready to consider changes that have both sides up in arms. >> good morning from mason middle school in mason, ohio. today is monday, march 25th, 2013. and this is "the daily rundown." >> our thanks to the eighth graders at mason middle school in ohio. even that kid lying down. that would have been me in eighth grade. good morning to all of you. i'm chris alizza in for chuck todd this morning. secretary of state john kerry is in afghanistan on a previously unannounced appearance in the war zone. the second stop on a solo trip that took him to iraq over the weekend. but this was no photo op. kerry took the opportunity to have what he called a spirited discussion with iraqi leaders about their failure to stop or even inspect daily flights from iran, carrying weapons to the syrian army through iraqi air space.
coverage of the pope's inauguration. that is all for "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. "starting point" starts right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our "starting point" this morning a dramatic moment. pope francis truly will be a man of the people, entering in an uncovered pope mobile and going into the crowd to kiss babies and the sick. his message to the world straight ahead this morning. >>> plus the winter that won't go away. the northeast blasted with snow and sleet and high winds. >>> developing right now, an explosion at an army depot during a training exercise, and there are injuries. we'll have the latest. >>> plus, new information on that planned attack at a college campus. details on the backpack full of bombs found in a dorm room. >> and a global sell-off in markets, and a vote today to bail out yet another european country. is this the reason in this country investors were looking to sell? it's tuesday, march 19th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> our "starting point" this morning, thousands of worshippers in st. peter's square praying for
and win, i'd serve out my term. i wouldn't -- i wouldn't leave office midterm. >> reporter: and john mccain recently called rising republican star rand paul a wacko-bird. paul responded at the cpac conference. >> the gop of old has grown stale and moss-covered. [ cheers ] i don't think we need to name any names, do we? >> reporter: now, these divisions have become personal lately in the gop, and i think a way, wolf, we don't normally see. but they're substantive divisions as well. how to tackle the issues like immigration reform, things like same-sex marriage. something that's becoming increasingly popular. and, also, how to tackle women's issues in a way that doesn't repel women, as mitt romney did in november. >> lots of work ahead. thanks very much, brianna for that report. the report, by the way, repaired by the republican national committee, is remarkably blunt in discussing the party's problems. the rnc chairman is blunt, as well. reince priebus is joining us now live from party headquarters. reince, thanks very much for coming in. >> hey, wolf. thanks for having me. i told you i
marginalized. it was the largest crowd since the funeral of pope john paul ii in 2005. they were join by spiritual leaders have to jewish, muslim, buddhist, and christian faiths, including the head of the orthodox church, the first to attend an installation mass in 1,000 years. there were also heads of state from 132 nations, including our own vice president biden. tomorrow, he meets with 30 delegations from other christian churches in major world faiths. friday, he addresses the foreign ambassadors assigned to the holy see. friday, something that hasn't happened in 700 years, the pope meets with his predecessor, benedict xvi. all there before palm sunday mass. we start with nbc's claudio, and also with us, father james martin, jesuit priest and best selling author. his latest book, "together on retreat" hits book stores today. we start with you. you were there for the installation mass. what was it like for the thousands that packed the square? >> reporter: well, it was both exciting and unconventional in a way we were there, way early this morning. about 6:00 in the morning. three h
set the tone for a humbler, simpler church at his inaugural mass. jeffrey browtalks to john allen in rome. >> me where againing now the focus shifts from style to substance and the question becomes how is this new tone going to be translated into the hard work of actually governing the church? there, of course, the challenges are considerably more steep >> ifill: we continue our series of stories about the middle east, margaret warner reports on the divide among the two leading palestinian factions, and its impact on the quest for peace. . >> it is really a divide over power. who's goi toontl what and what's going to be in a stronger position to win the palestinian people and who's going to have the narrative on its side? >> woodruff: and we examine a dramatic shift in public opinion with a majority of americans supporting same sex marriage. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated the idethaall
this week when ohio governor john kasich who i liked changed his position on gay civil unions. let's watch what he said. >> rob portman made news this past week with his position on gay marriage and changing it because of his son coming out. could you ever see a position, a time when you yourself might change your position? >> i really can't see one. i mean, i talked to rob and encouraged him, and, you know, if people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer the resources i'm for that. i just think marriage is between a man and a woman, but if you want to have a civil union, that's fine with me. >> twice he said that one answer it's okay to have civil unions and gay marriage and civil unions are no small matter in ohio. in 2004, a ballot measure out in the general election amending the ohio constitution to outright ban gay marriage and civil unions and that was with the evangelical vote, and that's w.'s favor and winning him the presidential election with john kerry. it was a huge issue in 2004 and it was against gay marriage and civil unions. the cleveland playing dealer wa
's house speaker john boehner. >> i believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. it's what i grew up with, it's what i believe. it's what my church teaches me. and i can't imagine that position would ever change. >> you know the church taught segregation before integration. churches do change. >> hillary clinton showed her support in this video. >> like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people i have known and loved, by my experience representing our nation on the world's stage. my devotion to human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith. >> finally, public support for gay marriage is at an all-time high. 58% support marriage equality. only 36% opposed. let's bring in the national spo spokes person. it's a human rights issue as well. so it's not just personal. it's principle. so the accolades for senatorportman's announcement need to be put that a context, don't they? >> they do, but senator portman and mrs. clinton are two examples of people who are examples of what we've always nope at glad, which is when people know us, when they kno
name. john donald cody. of course, on our civilian desire to do something for themful before you go thinking this is just some weirdness that keeps crawling up out of florida, consider the last couple of years the news out of wisconsin. before scott walker became governor, his last job was being county executive in milwaukee. in milwaukee, he helped organize a local effort for veterans. an annual picnic at the milwaukee zoo. when scott walker made his decision of who to hand that work off to, he made a decision to hand that work off to others, he made bad decisions. the guy on the right was sentenced to a couple of years in prison for stealing $51,000 in money meant to go to veterans and their family. the other guy got the -- for the thousands of dollars that he stole. money again that was supposed to go to veterans. that one was there to be stolen because americans gave that money as a way of saying thank you, we appreciate you. we are glad you are back. saying that to the men and women willing to fight for this country. if asked to do so. however you feel about the wars our countr
to see you. >> thank you. >> harris: u.s. secretary of state john kerry says that iraq is involved with the civil war in syria. how? the secretary says that iraq has been helping prop up assad as he fights for power there. kerry making an unannounced visitor to iraq and meeting with nuri al-maliki. and stopping the flow of weapons into neighboring syria. weapons that are only making the civil war more deadly. and steve centanni is here. how are they flowing into syria? >> reporter: according to u.s. officials there are flights just about every day, from iran to syria travelling across the iraqi air space. iran says they carry humanitarian aid, but u.s. says they carry weapons to the syrian government. and secretary of state john kerry urged al-maliki to crack down on the flights requiring they land in iraq for inspection before continuing on to syria. >> we had a very spirited discussion on the subject of the overflights and i made it very clear, anything that supports president assad is problematic. >> kerry suggested the future of u.s.-iraqi relations is hanging in the balance he
. >> rick: we appreciate that. >> heather: on a surprise trip to iraq john kerry has a message for the iraqi government saying iraq should not allow iran to fly african-americans and spiders to the war there. the secretary pushing iraq leaders to end sectarian violence. steve is joining us live from washington with more on this story. >> reporter: the central issue here is whether iraq's president the prime minister, that is, a she'ite muslim is helping to support the assad regime in syria. now, secretary kerry met with iraqi president nouri al-maliki during a visit in baghdad today. those iranian flights were at the top of the agenda. they had what kerry described as a spirited discussion. here is the secretary. >> anything that supports president assad is problematic and you i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helping to sustain president assad and his regime. >> reporter: the u.s. believes the iranian aircraft flying over iraq are carrying weapons to arm the syrian government but tehran says they are delivering only humanitarian aid there.
and senate to overhaul u.s. immigration laws. today speaker of the house john boehner called the house version a "pretty reasonable solution." the number of americans dying from alzheimer's disease has increased by 68% in the last decade. according to the alzheimer's association, one in three seniors have some form of dementia when they die, and the disease accelerates the progression of other life- threatening conditions. because alzheimer's has no cure or treatment to slow symptoms, a growing elderly population means dementia mortality rates will only continue to rise. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to gwen. >> ifill: pope francis formally took office today with a special mass and ceremonies. we begin with a report from james mates of independent television news in rome. >> it was among the ordinary pilgrims to st. peter's that pope francis started his day. it is common now for a pope to kiss babies-- less so for them to get out of the popemobile and walk over to give a blessing to a disabled person. inauguration mass at st. peter's square was less or nate than
. ohio governor john kasich said he's in civil unions. one day later the staffer said he didn't mean that. what? he did mean it, he wasn't allowed to say it. in today's gop, if you're not far right, you're wrong. also we learned today that newt gingrich and rick santorum secretly talked about forming a massive ticket. what happened? big surprise. they couldn't agree on who was going to be president and who was going to be vice president. tonight, a great story of political mating and eventually cold feet. >>> plus it's hard for michelle obama, or michele bachmann to top herself and she's done it not once, but twice this week, including that obama care, love this word, is killing people. remember the death squads and death panels. she's back with them again. michele bachmann pants on fire fact check coming later in the show. let me talk about the fringe right to know even a smidgen of history. this is "hardball" the place for politics. omnipotent of opportu. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the ais
house speaker john boehner will be the ranking u.s. official on american soil. president obama will be in the air en route to israel. vice president biden will be en route back from rome. while this confluence is a first for the obama administration, the white house today reminded reporters the president is the president wherever he goes. >>> it was a glittering night at the white house. 1985, princess diana and john travolta on the dance floor. her midnight blue gown was an instant sensation. it has sold at auction for $362,000 and change to an anonymous bidder who wanted to surprise his wife. >>> a big problem for lululemon, the makers of high end popular yoga clothes. they are recalling 17% of the women's yoga pants sold in their stores because they are see-through. they were made too sheer. they show too much. the vancouver-based company will take a financial hit and there may be shortages until their stock can get back up on its feet. >>> when we come back here tonight, a story of progress. schools thinking outside the box and outside the gym to help kids get some exercise
that john boehner and others can't uphold this that the debt crisis is coming now or soon. if you go through what he said further, he said it is looming and coming. this is always the thing, with this spring of deficit hawk, there's always in some future the great crisis we need to fear. those that have said have been wrong, two years ago was supposed to be then. at least they're backing off it being so soon. that's eroding the underlying nature of the argument. >> does this help explain why they're doing nothing, the debt isn't a big deal? >> they a sequester, what more do they need. >> ezra klein gets the last word. >>> "the ed show" is next. >>> good evening, americans, welcome to "the ed show." i'm michael eric dyson. elizabeth warren takes a stand for working class americans. michele bachmann has seen the light on infrastructure and might be getting off the appalachain trail and heading back to washington and a southern pastor makes a radical stand for justice. but tonight, we start with the tenth anniversary of the ed show. let's get to work. the shock and awe campaign was launched aga
said the war was illegal. nelson mandela called it a threat to peace. pope john paul ii said the war would not solve problems of man. jesse jackson called on peaceful people everywhere to march until the war was over. let us admire and respect the position of a former president, as well as the words from a future president, it was illinois state senator barack obama who said in 2002, i don't oppose all wars. what i am opposed to is a dumb war. this is a war that cost the lives of anywhere from 110,000 to 1 million civilians. today is not a day to cheer for success. but it is a day to remember those who fought hard to avoid the war's tragic consequences. get your cell phones out. >> michael moore was booed off the stage for denouncing the invasion of iraq. so much for these bleeding heart liberals in hollywood. let us not forget the response from around the globe. u.n. secretary annan said the war was illegal. nelson mandela called it a threat to peace. pope john paul ii said the war would not solve problems of man. jesse jackson called on peaceful people everywhere to march until the
. the national rifle association says the mayor is trying to intimidate senators. >> secretary of state john kerry was in iraq this weekend. he says u.s. lawmakers worry that after years of receiving u.s. help, iraq is not behaving like an ally. kerry has asked the iraqi prime minister not to allow iranian aircraft use of iraq's air space. the u.s. believes the planes are carrying arms to the syrian regime. >> this is going to be a very important week for gay rights activists. the u.s. supreme court will hear arguments on two important cases. the defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. doma designed emergency as a legal union between a man and a woman and keeps same-sex couples from getting the same benefits as couples. in fact, bill clinton who signed doma into law when he was president, is now asking the u.s. supreme court to overturn it. let's bring in cnn legal contributor powell cowen. how much will the reversal potentially make? >> supreme court justices would tell you they're immune from politicians lobbying them. they're appointed for life by the president, and the fo
and california's proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage. cnn justice correspondent joe johns is here with details. >> fred, the battle over same-sex marriage in california has been going on for years and coming up this week it finally arrives at the u.s. supreme court. we talk to one of the couples involved in the case who, win or lose, have already assured themselves a small place in history with their legal challenge. jamelle thomas and corraians williams had been together four years before they got married last october. their lives are not all satin and pearls. >> i'm an airman in the united states air force reserves? >> i'm a police officer with the metropolitan police department here in d.c. >> reporter: which makes this couple a case study in how america's married but unequal approach to same-sex relationships can play out. >> as an airman, you get a constant reminder that you're second class. >> reporter: jamelle is a federal employee but the federal defense of marriage act bars recognition of same-sex marriage by the government which affects more than 1,000 federal benefits f
? >>> overseas secretary of state john kerry delivered a blunt message to the government of iraq today. it was all about what's happening with syria and iran. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell is with the secretary in baghdad. >> reporter: john kerry is the first secretary of state to come to iraq since hillary clinton in 2009. it's his first visit since he came as a senator at the height of the civil war in 2006. arriving today in secrecy, in the week when iraq saw some of its worst terrorist attacks in years to mark the tenth anniversary of the war. but kerry did not come primarily to discuss iraq. despite the smiles for the cameras, the secretary of state confronted iraq's prime minister maliki, accusing him of colluding with iran to prop up the assad regime by permitting almost daily weapons shipments from iran to syria through iraq's airspace. >> we had a very spirited discussion on the subject of the overflights. i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helping to sustain president assad. and his regime. >> repo
, not to mention israeli-palestinian conflict. john king is there. >> reporter: the bullets are real. complacency the enemy at the security training kacademy. >> we have enemies motivated on us to do attacks in the cities, settlements, wherever there are jews. we're not waiting for the suicide bomber to come. we want to be prepared. >> reporter: expect the unexpected is what gat, a colonel in the israeli reserves, teaches students like these men training to protect jerusalem's light rail service. yet, he has zero expectations president obama's visit will make any difference at this time of increasingle israeli-palestinian tension. >> i remember my mother said when i was a child, i hope you don't are to go through the army. i told her always, since i was a child, i don't think that will be true. and me, i'm not telling that to my kids. i'm telling them, listen, guys, these are the facts, if you live in israel, you'll probably have to go to the army. >> reporter: low expectations done mean there aren't enormous stakes. >> he does not want to be the american president on whose watch iran either gets
the iraq anniversary, we're all 56 now. ♪ theme ♪ >> i'm john fugelsang. ten years ago the invasion of iraq began. we all know what followed, zambrano hussein's regime was top would u.s. troops found themselves in a quagmire as civil war broke out. the u.s. adopted a counter insurgency strategy. whether it really succeeded is till a matter of intense debate. there is no debate that it prepared the ground for a u.s. pullout, allowing president obama's spokesman jay carney to remind reporters today that this president fulfilled his promise to end the war. >> he fill filled that promise in a way that allowed iraq to have the best possible chance to provide for a better future. >> however in baghdad that better future must seem very far away. 19 car bombs blasted the city this morning killing 57 and wounding 190 more. you can add them to the casualties of this war. more than 4400 soldiers killed, 32,000 wounded. this does not include civilian contractors or allied soldiers or thousands of u.s. troops suffering from p.p.s.d. on the iraqi side, there are no firm numbers but at least 122,000 iraqi
that the homecoming is quite, to quote him, "risky" he says. >>> secretary of state john kerry making one more stop on his first trip overseas. an announced visit to iraq. he landed in iraq a short time ago. nick payton walsh has been traveling with the secretary and joins us via phone. what else is john kerry pressing for? >> yes, christi. on top of the agenda here, it is going to be a direct approach from john kerry to prime minister maliki. intervene on flights from iraq to syria delivering fighters to assist the regime. the u.s. is convinced that almost 80 flights and they want to be clear that iraq should, if it wants to have a role in forming the future of syria with the syrian opposition, they should prevent the evidence, they say. they say that inspections done by iraqis aren't enough and those have turned up humanitarian aid but the u.s. is convinced that those flights are carrying weapon supplies. a real trip here for secretary of state. >> all right. nick payton walsh, thank you so much for the update, we appreciate it. >>> thank you for kick starting your morning with us here. we have m
sunday. sfau state john kerry is in iraq today. it is an unannounced visit. the purpose of his trip, wouldfold. secretary kerry urging them to work together. overcoming the violence that continued to divide that country. and asking the prime minister to stop iran from flying over iraqi air space. iran is believed to have been shuttling military personnel and equipment to the syrian government over the air space of iraq which is, of course, supporting that horrible civil war in syria and that is something iran and iraq have both denied. good morning, everyone. welcome. >> great to have you here. last year, the iraqi government promised former secretary of state hillary clinton to inspect all of iranian flights so far that's reportedly not happening. now secretary kerry's turn to get it done. >> good morning. wink, wink, nudge, nhung from the iraqis to the iranians. the revolutionary guard soldiers to head from iran into syria to help assad. the united states has only pressured the iraqis privilege atly up until now. the fact they are doing so publicly and sharing intelligence means t
the easter recess. >> john kerry made a visit to iraq sunday. he met with prime minister alaba. >> the issue is flying over iran allegedly flying over iraq to deliver stuff to syria. >> that is part of what they talked about. they talked about the local leblgss going on in iraq and of course talked about the iraq's drone in syria. secretary of state john kerry is putting pressure on iraq's president to stop forces from using the airspace to transport what he claims to be weapons and fighters in its fight against rebel forces on the ground. >> i made it very clear that for those of us engaged in an effort to see the president step down and to see a democratic process take hold with a transitional government according to the geneva commune kay for those of us engaged in that effort anything that supports president assad is problematic. >> problematic indeed. iraq however along with iran defends the oversight. malki basically says and senior officials say that the flights are for humanitary concerns. secretary kerry says the over flights are something that are threatening the relations between
.com. it is on our weather page. >>> secretary of state john kerry is in baghdad where he had what he called a spirited ii leaders. the discussion centered on iran's continued access to iraqi airspace. the obama administration believes eye ronnie -- irani planes are being flown to be used by uh sad's forces against the rebels. kerry says the behavior raises questions about the reliability as a partner. italy's highest court will consider the fate of amanda knox . they were first convicted and then acquitted of murdering her roommate, meredith kir ofer. customer -- kercher. they argued that she should return to jail. they say it is another form of harassment by the prosecution. >> she wins on monday, case closed, it is over and she can go forward without any further worry. >> kercher's family says there is still unanswered questions and we are searching for the truth. knox has spent the last year working on a memwior and hopes to earn her living as a writer. >> pope francis celebrated his first mass in st. peter's square today. he encouraged people to be humble and young at heart. the square
forward to the series all week long. thank you very much. >>> secretary of state john kerry visited the site of america two most recent wars as the bloody conflict threatens the entire region. james rosen has the story. >> on his surprise trip to afghanistan, secretary of state john kerry received assurances from afghan president hamid karzai that he does not believe the u.s. to be colluding with taliban. mercurial afghan leader claimed the comments he made to the effect three weeks ago when the defense secretary chuck hagel visited kabul was taken out of context. >> translator: we remain gratal for everything you have done to rebuild afghanistan and security forces. we conveyed the expression of gratitude to the president of the united states. and to the excellency the secretary. >> roughly 100,000 u.s. troops remain in afghanistan but set to leave the country by end of 2014. aides to kerry said he pressed karzai to ensure next year's afghan election where karzai will not be a candidate will be free and fair. >> the united states of america is committed beyond 2014 to the governmen
." for the latest, let's go to nbc's kristen welker live for us at the white house. senators lindsey graham and john mccain have just issued a statement warning that if the use of chemical weapons is verified, then the united states must take immediate action. i have to ask you, kristen, how is the white house responding to these disturbing reports out of syria? >> reporter: well, they are quite concerned about the reports out of syria, martin, and i have to tell you, there are still a lot of question marks. the white house making the point that they are looking into the allegations that chemical weapons were used in syria. as you pointed out, the government is pointing fingers at the rebel forces. the rebel forces are pointing fingers at the government. you notice the language that jay carney used today was quite different in terms of referring to the rebel forces. saying at this point in time there is no credible evidence to suggest that they used chemical weapons. they are taking these reports very seriously, though, and trying to determine if this was, in fact, the case. now, of course, presiden
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